A fake Fabergé egg, and a fellow Agent's death, lead James Bond to uncover an international jewel-smuggling operation, headed by the mysterious Octopussy, being used to disguise a nuclear attack on N.A.T.O. forces.
James Bond 007 is on the search for a Russian decoding machine, known as "Lektor". Bond needs to find this machine, before the evil S.P.E.C.T.R.E. organization discovers it. While being romantically linked with Russian girl, Tatiana Romanova, Bond sneaks his way around Istanbul, while each S.P.E.C.T.R.E. Agent tries to pick him off, including the over powering Donald "Red" Grant and ex K.G.B. Agent Rosa Klebb, who knows all of the tricks in the book, and even possesses an incredible poison tipped shoe.Written by
From Russia with Love is an interesting film for me, because I think it's both a great film, and an overrated film at the same time. Many people seem to consider this to be one of the best Bond films of all time, but it just doesn't quite get there for me. However, I still really enjoy it, and it contains many iconic moments from the franchise.
Sean Connery is back as James Bond, and he is as great as ever. The woman who joins him on the journey this time around is Tatiana Romanova, played excellently by Daniela Biachini. Her character isn't one of the more likeable of all the Bond girls, but she is fleshed out and has many layers to her.
The pacing of this film is wonderful, because it keeps moving at all times and doesn't feel like it's almost two hour runtime. The action scenes aren't great compared to the Bond films which are released nowadays, but they were phenomenal for a film released in 1963 and remain completely watchable today.
The aspect which stops this from being top-tier Bond for me is the story. It's always engaging, but it could be quite convoluted and I wasn't as fully invested in it as I was for Dr. No. The theme song is also extremely boring, but it wasn't until 1964's Goldfinger that they started getting more exciting with their themes.
Overall, From Russia with Love is a fun watch and certainly a great Bond film, but it's not on the same level for me as some other people put it on.
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